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Message 954413 - Posted: 13 Dec 2009, 14:46:09 UTC

I have donated once, more than a year ago, and will probably do so again. But I must say a superficially personal letter puts me off, however worthy the cause is. Partly beacause of that my donation will not be immediately forthcoming...

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Message 956828 - Posted: 17 Dec 2009, 1:17:30 UTC - in response to Message 954146.

Aurora Borealis wrote
... It doesn't appear to be personalize in any way other than the salutation ...


The version I received didn't have a personalised salutation in the body of the email, it just says "Dear SETI@home volunteer,
I'm Dan Werthimer, the Chief Scientist of the SETI@home project.
You've been identified as one of our most active volunteers,"
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However I was actually a little offended by the (presumably unthinking ?) assumption in the email that everyone who donates computer time and or money is a resident/taxpayer of the USA.
[snip]


I note that I have received a second email from seti requesting a donation, six days after the previous one, both sent to the same email address.
This time most of it was worded differently, and this supposedly came form a different person.
"Dear SETI@home volunteer:
I'm David P. Anderson, Director of SETI@home.
As an active SETI@home volunteer ... "

UNFORTUNATELY he perpetuates the same mistake I complained about last week, again incorrectly saying that my donation would be tax deductible.

I guess that means that David Anderson doesn't read this board, and no informed him of the mistake in the email that was sent out under Dan Werthimer's name last week.

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Message 956845 - Posted: 17 Dec 2009, 2:53:26 UTC - in response to Message 956828.

I guess that means that David Anderson doesn't read this board, and no informed him of the mistake in the email that was sent out under Dan Werthimer's name last week.

Martin.


So I guess this means that busy people with real jobs don't read the forums.

Just joking (sort of).

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Message 957004 - Posted: 18 Dec 2009, 0:58:00 UTC - in response to Message 956845.


So I guess this means that busy people with real jobs don't read the forums.

Just joking (sort of).


I am sure you are joking, as Matt has said that he reads the replies to his posts, and has passed on the comments. (grin).

see the newer thread here.
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=58131

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Message 957062 - Posted: 18 Dec 2009, 7:50:47 UTC - in response to Message 954146.

However I was actually a little offended by the (presumably unthinking ?) assumption in the email that everyone who donates computer time and or money is a resident/taxpayer of the USA.



Idea: Person-outside-USA sends/gives monetary gift to USA-taxpaying-SETI-supporter.
USA-taxpaying-SETI-supporter then sends tax deductible donation to SETI of the same amount ...
...PLUS tax donation benefit (37% or whatever).

Person-outside-USA full donation gets to SETI
USA-taxpaying-SETI-supporter gets no monetary benefit.
SETI gets more money than original direct donation.



SETI@home since 1999
"Set it, and Forget it!"

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Message 957101 - Posted: 18 Dec 2009, 13:46:44 UTC - in response to Message 954413.

I have donated once, more than a year ago, and will probably do so again. But I must say a superficially personal letter puts me off, however worthy the cause is. Partly beacause (sic) of that my donation will not be immediately forthcoming...

Not to worry, suf - I just made another small donation on your behalf to the SETI@home project, the first time I've donated twice in one year.

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Message 957234 - Posted: 18 Dec 2009, 21:29:17 UTC - in response to Message 957062.

However I was actually a little offended by the (presumably unthinking ?) assumption in the email that everyone who donates computer time and or money is a resident/taxpayer of the USA.



Idea: Person-outside-USA sends/gives monetary gift to USA-taxpaying-SETI-supporter.
USA-taxpaying-SETI-supporter then sends tax deductible donation to SETI of the same amount ...
...PLUS tax donation benefit (37% or whatever).

Person-outside-USA full donation gets to SETI
USA-taxpaying-SETI-supporter gets no monetary benefit.
SETI gets more money than original direct donation.



Unfortunately the tax consequences for the US reciepient are not neutral in many cases. The US recipient may end up paying more taxes because of the money passing through his hands.


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